Biomimetic Robotic Fish That Act Like The Real Deal

Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have designed a new type of biomimetic robot. … Not only does this bioinspired robotic replica act exactly like a fish, it’s able to see and mimic the behavior of real-life zebrafish. … “This form of mirroring is a very simple social behavior, in which the replica seeks only to stay as close as possible to the live animal. But this is the baseline for the types of interactions we’re hoping to build between animals and robots. We now have the ability to measure the response of zebrafish to the robot in real time, and to allow the robot to watch and maneuver in real time, which is significant”, [says] Maurizio Porfiri, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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